Lahore: SSP, lawyers let doctors run away
LAHORE: Two doctors involved in illegal kidney transplantation case escaped on Tuesday from the Lahore High Court premises after the court denied extension in their pre–arrest bail applications. Reportedly, negligence of Lahore SSP Operations helped doctors escape as he did not bother to make sure their arrest in his presence and left one minute earlier before the incident. Both the doctors escaped when Justice Manzoor Ahamed Malik denied extension in their bails, a police officer who witnessed the whole episode said.
They fled by climbing the wall nearest to the gate which is only used for judges’ departure and arrival in the LHC, the police officer said on condition of anonymity. He blamed his boss for their escape and said it was SSP’s negligence who did not make sure the arrest of doctors and himself ‘escaped’ from the courtroom one minute before the escape of doctors. The escape from the judges’ gate side has also raised serious questions about the security arrangements of the LHC.
The North Cantonment investigation police produced Dr Sana-ul-Ullah and Dr Imran–ul–Haq before Justice Malik. The police and law officer of prosecution department requested the court to cancel the bails of the accused. The law officer contended that both the doctors were involved in illegal kidney transplantation of the poor masses. Police had registered a case against them on application of their victim Liaqat. Liaqat, who was a kiln worker had told the police that he had visited the hospital of Dr Imran when he had stomach pain. An Arab origin man wearing white clothes, and other doctors were also present in the operation theatre when Dr Imran injected him after which he fell unconscious. After some hours he came to know that he was operated upon as according to Dr Imran there was a problem in his kidney, Liaqat pleaded. He further wrote in his application that he went for another medical check up as he was feeling much weakness. The doctors told him that his one kidney had been taken out, Liaqat said.
Meanwhile, the police registered a case against Dr Imran and Dr Sana–ul–Allah on his application. The doctors’ counsel opposed the contentions of police, prosecution and Liaqat and requested the court to confirm bails of both the accused as they were implicated in the case and had been granted bails in four other cases of the same nature.
After recording arguments from both the sides, Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik cancelled pre–arrest bails of Dr Imran and Dr Sana, and directed the police to arrest them.
At this, SSP (Operations) Lahore Sajjad Manj was also present in the courtroom. He left the courtroom without arresting both doctors in his presence. Resultantly one of them hurriedly escaped from the side which is specially used by the judges of the LHC. After one minute of SSP’s departure, the police tried to arrest another doctor. However, a group of lawyers threatened the police and restrained them from arrest. Meanwhile, the police went back and the second one also easily escaped from the same side.
SSP Sajjad Manjj was not available for comments despite repeated attempts.
Afzal Nazir, DSP Lahore High Court security, told The Nation that the police have orders not to make arrests from the LHC premises of the accused whose bails are cancelled.
He said it was the duty of north cantonment police to arrest the doctors, however, the lawyers also helped in their escape. “We have been appointed just to make sure the security of LHC premises, not to arrest the accused,” he clarified. When asked about the escape of accused doctors from the gate only used by judges, the DSP said it was not in his knowledge. “I have been told by subordinates that doctors have been escaped after arriving in the bar room along with lawyers,” the DSP further claimed. He said that it was the responsibility of Old Anarkali police to maintain the law and order situation in and outside the LHC premises.